Liberal edge tight contest to move to first

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Sid Dennis and Sons

Ltd Division One

Liberal Lads took on Arctic Shrew Monkeys in a tight affair - which Liberal edged to move into top spot.

After sharing the first set of singles, it was the doubles which proved the decisive factor, with the Home side winning them both and opening up a 4-2 lead.

Going into the last set of singles, the Liberal held a narrow 5-4 lead and it was Lee Dore Snr who got the vital win for Liberal to record a fantastic 6-4.

And with leaders Ex Service 501s having their bye, Liberal leapfrogged them to the top of the table.

With almost 50 scores of a ton or better, this was a cracker of a game.

High scores were thrown by Liberal’s Eric Hammond (2x100, 125, 135, 140), Simon Stainton (4x100, 105, 4x140), Stuart Giles (3x100), Lee Dore Snr (6x100, 121,125, 2x140, 180) and the Monkeys’ Rick Garner (3x100, 140, 116 finish and a 21 dart leg), Lee Yates (125, 130), Martin Bell (5x100, 121, 125, 140) and Colin Lees (2x121, 3x140).

Red Lion earned a 7-3 win against New Park Rangers.

The Lion kickstarted their season in fine style, taking three of the opening singles and then sharing the doubles for a healthy 4-2 lead.

Colin Pringle (5x100, 123, 140), Chris Simpson (6x100, 121, 138, 2x140 and a 100 finish with an 18 darter thrown in) and Scott Smith (8x100, 104, 121 and 2x140) made the game safe.

Liam Clark (3x100) lost to Brad Martin, who recorded scores of 6x100, 123, 2x140, 116 finish and a fantastic 16-dart leg, making the final score 7-3 to Red Lion.

The Rangers had Ray McIvor (3x100, 116, 140) and Graham Froud (3x100, 140) throwing well.

The Liberal are currently top with five points, but the unbeaten 501s are second on four with a game in hand.

The Monkeys and Red Lion are both on three, but you cannot discount the New Park Rangers, although at the foot with only one point, as they started slow last year and ended up runners-up.

Sid Dennis and Sons

Ltd Division Two

Victoria have been removed from the league after their opponents turned up for Friday’s match only to find the venue unavailable for darts and no opponents waiting for them.

This is the third fixture in four the team have failed to turn up for.

The ammended league table sees the winless Ex Service Spitfires at the foot of the table, this week they went down 7-3 to WMC Amigos.

The Amigos led 4-0 early on as Gareth Jowett (5x100 , 123, 140, 150, 180, and a fantastic 15 dart leg) beat Spitfires captain Jamie Cooper (100, 123).

The doubles were shared, as were the final set of singles, but the damage had been done, and thanks to their poor start, the Spitfires ended up on the wrong side of a 7-3 scoreline.

Spitfires had Rick Seaman (2x100, 2x140), Justin Beasor (125) and Lee Woods (4x100, 121) scoring well, while Amigos had Spencer Davis (5x100) also in form.

Railroad Cobras took on leaders Seaview Raiders and, in another high-scoring game, it was to be the Cobras’ night, winning 8-2.

Ray Bettison’s defeats were the only points the Raiders got.

High scorers for the Cobras were Ian Chamberlain (5x100. 135, 138, 2x140), Ray Bettison (100, 118, 129), Derek Johnson (112, 124) and their star on the night Darrell Webb (100, 122, 125, 137, 140, 180, and a 19 and 20 dart leg).

Raiders’ high scorers were Peter East (6x100, 125, 140) and Steve Gillings (5x100).